It was once said that all a person has to do to realize God has a
very good sense of humor is to look at a platypus. The same
sentiment applies to the Bible. The Bible often seems like foreign
territory, not only for students encountering it in introductory
classes, but also for those who have spent many years in church. To
many people, it is an intimidating collection of rules, lists, and
theological arguments. But in reality, most of the Bible is made up
of fascinating stories. Sometimes they're funny, sometimes they're
weird, sometimes they're inspiring, but they're never dull. This
college-level introduction invites students into biblical studies
through creative, humorous retellings (and a few cartoons here and
there) of the basic biblical narratives. The best way to get into
the Bible, says Robert F. Darden, is to get to know its stories. In
this new approach to introducing the Bible to students, Darden
covers the major biblical stories and characters, retelling them in
such a way as to bring out their original humor and pathos, and
inviting the student to encounter them more fully by moving into
the text itself.
Click here to listen to Terri Gross's interview with Robert
Darden on NPR's Fresh Air about the Black Gospel Music Restoration
Project. Darden runs the project at Baylor University where he is a
journalism professor. The purpose of the project is to identify,
acquire, preserve, record, and catalogue the most at-risk music
from the black gospel music tradition, primarily between 1945 and
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